Colin Zuill, The Royal Gazette
Jamaica 244, Bermuda 88-7
Bermuda skipper Irving Romaine will today search for a way to rally his troops after suffering a crushing and humiliating 156-run defeat against Jamaica at Sabina Park, Kingston.
Finding something positive out of the 20 overs match-up was indeed a heavy task for Romaine with one optimistic sign being the fact that Bermuda will be strengthened with the arrival today of Glamorgan skipper David Hemp for tomorrow's game at Melbourne Cricket Club also in Kingston, home ground of West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding. Also, the team will be bolstered by the inclusion of McLaren Smith with other players who didn't see action yesterday being involved as well.
Bermuda's young crop of players seemed to be shell-shocked by the level of play displayed by the hosts, Romaine revealing that one player went as far to mention that he never expected them to be that good.
"I had to smile when this particular player said, 'I read about their capabilities in the newspaper, but I didn't dream they were this good'," said the skipper.
"But you really can't fault these youngsters we have down here because most of them were playing in their first international of any kind and they didn't know what to expect. Now they have gotten a taste of it and realise just what they will be up against.
"Jamaica are a good side, one that have had six months of playing this form of cricket, you can see they are going into this competition (Stanford 20/20) with the intention of winning that million dollars. And they are looking good while missing four regulars with the West Indies Test team, including skipper Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels."
Opening batsman Shawn Findlay brushed off Bermuda's bowling attack with a blistering century to ensure a mammoth total for the home team while Bermuda's bats were relatively quiet with Lionel Cann scoring 30 and Sammy Robinson 15.
Jamaica's onslaught was reminiscent of the shellacking they gave Bermuda in the previous Stanford series when Bermuda could only muster a paltry 75 with Jamaica coasting to victory as skipper Gayle blasted Romaine's bowling attack to take his team to victory.
"Despite the heavy setback at the Test ground here in Kingston we got some positives out of the game, one was that the Jamaicans got most of their runs from straight hits which meant our bowlers were bowling a good line, they just basically have to work on their length.
"They got into trouble basically because it was their first time outdoors in a competitive game for a while, the run-ups were a little skippery and staggery. The transition from inside to outside dramatic, the ball actually turning. We had hoped to get into the nets before the game but it didn't happen.
"It was an experience just getting to know our team. We have myself, Lionel and Sluggo from the last time. We've got to see what they can actually do and cannot do and this is what this pre-tournament tour is all about."
Naharashtra Under 19s 294; Bermuda Under 19s 207
Malachi Jones cracked a whirlwind century and Jordan DeSilva claimed five wickets. But it still wasn't to give Bermuda Under 19's victory in their opening World Cup warm up match against Naharashtra Under 19s in India yesterday.
Bermuda vice-captain Jones recorded his team's first century on tour when, thumping 24 boundaries in a fine knock of 136. But he received little in the way of support from his team-mates.
Earlier, Somerset seamer DeSilva claimed five for 43 to spearhead a Bermuda attack that took a pounding.